Undergraduate English Courses
358:375 Nineteenth Century Black Literature
01 TTH7 CAC 18414 HUNT SC-216
**This course can be used as either 19th or 20th Century Historical Period requirements**
Writing Black Radicalism
From fighting to abolish private property to demanding more inclusive ideas of the human, radical black literature has worked to realize a space of shared freedom, or what Cedric Robinson calls “the ontological totality.” Reading essays, poetry, fiction and plays between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, we will examine how black writers have contested forms of systemic violence that have prevented people from practicing and enjoying a shared freedom. Our central question will be, How do these contestations envision better, freer futures? Thus we will probe what exactly freer futures look like and the literary strategies employed to construct them. How do these futures move beyond the pains and structures of racial capitalism? How do they bridge racial, gender, and class divisions? And what kinds of feeling—love, empathy, compassion, etc.—work to build these broader solidarities? Authors may include David Walker, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Jacobs, Frederick Douglass, Ida B. Wells, W. E. B. Du Bois, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Zora Neale Hurston, George Shuyler, Marita Bonner, Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, Ann Petry, Gwendolyn Brooks, James Baldwin, Loraine Hansberry and Audre Lord.